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Gambler: This Risky Life

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I heard some good preachin’ the other day ya’ll.  I took a whole bunch of notes, on paper, which is a little unusual for me these days.  Lately I’m more inclined to just write down a few thoughts, or live tweet, but on this day I filled up a couple pages in my journal.  I noticed a theme in my …

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Tree 2015

In Art & Culture, Uncategorized by Zakiya Jackson1 Comment

I was recently sitting on park bench take in my surroundings as the sun was setting.  Across from me was a dope sight.  See look: If you don’t immediately recognize the dopeness, it’s okay.  For me – that scene was so hopeful.  I lacked the words in the moment, but it was like looking at what has been and what …

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CONTRIBUTION: Passion, Purpose, and Pass Me Over

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By Daris McInnis Have you ever stared at a blank screen for a long moment, and thought, “I’m supposed to write something. But where do I begin?” I ask this: Not referring to your (my) frequent procrastination in undergrad to produce a research paper on whether or not states should localize and authorize drug urinalyses for public assistance recipients (don’t …

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Your Silence is Choking Me and #ICantBreathe

In Causes by N. Young1 Comment

I see you almost every day. We grab lunch together at work or half priced drinks at happy hour. You’ve come over to my house for dinner. We laugh over the latest viral videos, chop it up about movies, and go over to each other’s houses for holiday parties. You like my Facebook and Instagram posts and we talk liberal …

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5 Crazy Side Effects of Oppression

In Causes by N. Young5 Comments

Saturday, I took my bougie Black self to Trader Joe’s. I walked in behind a man of color who was wearing a hoodie and had the hood up. My initial thought was, “he should probably take that down so as not to scare the people in the store,” but then I thought, “what the hell are you thinking?!” This man …

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Collected Young Minds Spotlight: Aaron Jenkins, Executive Director, OUDC (Part 2 of 2)

In Art & Culture, Causes by Corey1 Comment

Aaron Jenkins is the Executive Director of Operation Understanding DC, a nonprofit whose mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination.  Collected Young Minds sat down with Aaron to discuss what inspires and drives him, as well as …

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Protest ON: When Your Leaders Won’t Speak for You

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I’m going to start what will most likely be a controversial post with my honest feelings about the murders of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn this Saturday; they were senseless and horrible deaths at the hands of a madman. On Saturday, a criminal boarded a bus to Brooklyn, picked two random police officers, and killed them …

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The Seven Stages of Progress – #Blacklivesmatter and National Healing

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Dealing with trauma is a process.  I think this is as true for a country as it is for an individual. In 1969, psychiatrist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross published her theory in On Death and Dying on the “Five Stages of Grief“, as a way to describe her work with terminally-ill patients.  The five stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – describe …

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Never Betray My Heart #BlackMessiah

In Art & Culture, Entertainment by Zakiya Jackson1 Comment

There it is. There it is again. I lost you for a few moments. Days. Months. Years. 132 But there you are my love. Mirror. I will never betray my heart. #BlackMessiah Context. Explanation. It’s been 132 days since Mike Brown was shot and killed by Darrin Wilson. It’s kinda weird that I’m still talking about this. Right? My humanity …

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And The Word Was…D’Angelo’s Black Messiah: The B-Side (Part 2 of 2)

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by Marcus Simmons, Writing and Diversity Educator, Chicago (FB, Twitter)  This is the second part of a review of D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s Black Messiah album. Read the first part here: And The Word Was…D’Angelo’s Black Messiah: The A-Side (Part 1 of 2) THE B-SIDE “Back To The Future (Part I)” is a short gem that keeps the party going, but returns to a …

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Protest is a Form of Reconciliation

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Protesters are reconcilers. Resisting, fighting, saying no!!! is not the manifestation of the absence of peace. It can be.  But it doesn’t have to be. Resistance is not unequivocally crass, selfish, rebellion. Peace is not necessarily the presence of calm. Think of a time that you have exhibited calm when your heart was raging.  Is that the kind of “peace” …